International: When the Facts Hurt

The job was done, approved and paid for. Then the fuss began. Last year the Rockefeller Foundation gave the U.N. $100,000 for a study of the treatment of refugees in 17 European and Levantine countries. The job went "to an international team of experts headed by Jacques Vernant of France. The experts' 400-page report was published by the U.N.

At that point some of the victims spoke up. Syria resented the report's stating the fact that beggars abound in Syria; Egypt did not want it said that Egyptian naturalization papers are sometimes obtained by palm-greasing. Saudi Arabia proposed that the report be...

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